Stump removal is an essential service that is often required by a lot of homeowners when their trees are cut down for a variety of reasons. Stump removal is an incredibly complicated procedure that commonly requires the use of heavy machinery in order to ensure that the task is completed correctly. The most common way to remove a stump is by grinding it out because that is the most effective way of removing the stump completely. There are other ways of removing a stump such as digging it out but that method is now considered to be outdated as it takes a while and is very arduous. That is why almost all stump removal service providers use machinery in order to grind away at the stump in order to remove it quickly and fully.
Stump removal is completed by using a portable machine known as a stump grinder that allows us to quickly chip away at the stump until all that remains is a pile of mulch. The mulch is used to fill the hole and any that remains is either hauled away or kept on-site if you would like to use it.
Stump grinding is a relatively new service because it involves the use of heavy machinery which came into existence somewhat recently. The process of stump grinding is quite literal, the stump is ground until nothing is left. This also includes grinding the roots because if they are left behind they can prove to be a hindrance for future planting projects.
There are a few things that you need to keep in mind if you are thinking of removing the tree stump yourself. The first thing is to never attempt grinding the stump with a chainsaw or an axe as that can have dangerous repercussions. The best-case scenario would be that you end up breaking the chainsaw because of the brittle nature of deadwood. The worst-case scenario is that you might end up causing bodily harm to yourself because of the chips that fly out of the stump when ground by such tools.
You could attempt to remove the stump yourself by renting out a stump grinder and using it to work on the stump yourself but that is also plagued with dangers that you are better off avoiding. Using a stump grinder requires knowledge and training which is provided to any tree care specialists that do this for a living. That is why you shouldn’t attempt to remove the stump by yourself. You can rest assured that all of our team members that are involved in removing stumps are not only provided with the necessary knowledge and training, but also with the proper safety equipment that is meant to be donned when working with machinery as dangerous as a stump grinder. So if you wish to have a stump removed in the Waynesville area in NC then give us a call and we’ll be at your door to solve all your problems.
Stump Grinding FAQs
We get a lot of questions from our customers whenever we go to a property for any tree specialist service and it gives us pride in our work when people take interest in what we do. That is why we thought of making a short little FAQ section for our stump grinding services so that you can get all the relevant information about stump grinding all in one place.
Stump grinding is useful and necessary for a variety of reasons. The first is to remove the hazard that you have in your backyard. If you have any children then you know how prone they are to bump into everything that they come across. That is one of the reasons why you should remove stumps as soon as you can. Even if you don’t have children you might be liable to bump into the stump yourself in low visibility so it’s just safer to remove the hazard completely.
If that isn’t reason enough, stumps can also easily serve as a breeding ground for insects and pests such as termites that can spread to your house if they are given the chance. They can also harbor much more dangerous creatures such as spiders, snakes, and wasps. That is why you should get rid of that unsightly stump as quickly as possible.
The machinery and the techniques that we utilize allow us to be able to completely remove the stump without it ever leaving a trace. We understand that stumps can leave behind deep roots which can be a pain to remove but the machinery that we use ensures that even the deepest of roots are removed so that they don’t mess with any future projects that you might have in mind.
The way we grind out stumps ensures that you can do whatever you want with the area that is left over after the stump is gone. We make it so that you won’t even know there was a stump there in the first place. That means that you can easily plant a new tree in the area where the stump was.
The time it takes to grind the stump depends on the stump as well as the type of wood that it is. It can take as little as 15 minutes but it can also take up to 2 hours.
The grinding process does leave behind a hole but we make sure to fill it up with the dirt and wood chips that were displaced by the grinding process so that you don’t have to deal with a huge hole in your backyard.
Yes, we also offer an additional service in which you can have us remove the debris responsibly. We can also bring in topsoil, straw, and seeds so that you can fill up the hole with it. With regular watering, it will turn into a lawn in no time.
Yes, but to an extent. The roots of trees have a habit of becoming part of the infrastructure which makes it dangerous to grind them too far. That is why you should use experienced professionals, especially in these situations, because their experience can mean the difference between going too far and going far enough.
This is a question that is asked frequently of us, particularly by people that prefer the natural order of things. In normal cases, it can take around 20 years for a stump to completely decompose but in extremely favorable conditions it can be done in about 12 years. All of this is, of course, dependent on the type of tree, the moisture levels, size of the stump, insect activity, and the structural integrity of the stump itself. In short, you’re looking at more than 10 years for a stump to completely disappear.
Extremely, it is something that should not be approached lightly. It is the reason why our team members take so many precautions when grinding a stump. Just a single stray wood chip can blind someone. That is why we keep warning people not to attempt stump grinding themselves and leave it in the hands of professionals that have the necessary tools, equipment, and insurance.
Technically yes, there is nothing stopping you from attempting to remove the stump yourself. You could potentially get the machinery you need within your budget and you can also easily learn how to use but we highly advise against it because of the aforementioned risks that stump grinding comes with. Not only is stump grinding highly dangerous for yourself, but it can also be dangerous for others around you as well as your property which is why we believe that it should be left in the hands of professionals.